here's author and educator lou heckler. >> the carolina panthers has had a so-so season despite having a top wide receiver in steve smith. smith has had a bit of a checkered career off the field, fighting with teammates in fact, but his athleticism and grace on the field are unmatched. now, he's gaining attention for his shoes. as he has been counseled about his bouts with anger, he has been encouraged to reach out to others instead of boiling over at them. one of the things he decided to do is to donate shoes to people who have none, and he has embraced this with the same enthusiasm that he has catching a football. plus, as a symbol of his commitment he removes his football shoes after every game and leaves them there on the field. someone gets a nice par of athletic shoes and a wonderful souvenir. it got me thinking, do i pay lip service to helping others, or am i really committed to a cause? like most of you, i have been blessed in many, many ways. i'm planning on making this year a year where i truly show my gratitude with blatant actions, not words.